Read All About It: Pangolins — Rare insight into world’s most trafficked mammal

May 17, 2019 - 1 minute read

BBC News featured a story on Africa’s pangolin, the world’s most trafficked mammal, which are being pushed to extinction by illegal hunting for meat and scales used for traditional Asian medicine despite there being no medical benefit for their use.

Images and video of giant pangolins — one of four species in Africa — were taken at Uganda’s Ziwa Sanctuary, where the animals live alongside protected rhinos and are safe from poaching.

Quotable quote: “We know so little about this species, almost everything we’re picking up on camera traps this year as a behavior is a new thing . . . This species is literally being wiped out, it’s being obliterated across central Africa, there’s no doubt about that. Trying to get people engaged and to care about pangolins is really the key step.”

Read the rest of the story by Helen Briggs here

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